Army’s Role Has Always Been Welcoming, Responsive in JK, Says Mufti

Mohammad Raafi

SRINAGAR

Government Tuesday said that it has started a process to identify alternative land against the 17 acres of land in Tattoo ground—presently occupied by army—where foundation stone of Citizens Park was laid by CM Mufti Sayeed.

Speaking on the occasion, Mufti lauded Army’s role in JK, saying its Army’s role has always been welcoming and responsive.

Citing the examples of Army Goodwill School in Pahalgam and construction of bridges by Army on river Lider and in Zawoora Shopian, Mufti said army has always played a people friendly role in valley especially in the difficult times of the conflict.

Appreciating the efforts of his government on the developmental front, Mufti said his government will leave no stone unturned to develop the state on modern standards.

Mufti thanked the army for providing 17 acres of land for the construction of Citizens Park that, according to Mufti, will carter to the needs of the people living in the heart of the city.

Talking about the space crunch in the city, CM said that his government is in a process of identifying land for building satellite townships, where according to him, people of different classes will live together.

“I want a Satellite township where rich and poor can live together happily. There are houses in downtown Srinagar where nearly four families live in one house. These satellite townships will cater to their needs.”

Mufti also said its government will construct a six lane road from Gupkar to Pampore and Batamaloo to Narbal that will ease the traffic congestion in city.

On the occasion PDP president and MP from south Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti also thanked Army and appreciated its “people friendly” efforts in the state.

Reiterating its trust in the Indian democracy, she said, “Such steps are a healing touch to the people of the state. Army has been co-operating with the state government since 2002 when Mufti was sworn as CM of the state.”

She said that Mufti government will always support army in such initiatives and will be side by side to it for talking such steps.

Speaking on the occasion GOC lieutenant general Satish Dwar said that it is a first such step where Army and government of the state have collaborated to construct such a park that will be solely for public.

“Army is working out on the modalities of alternative land against the land that it has lent for the construction of the Park,” Dwar said.

Secretary tourism, Farooq Shah present on the occasion gave a detail about the park. He said the park will be constructed on 17 acres of land that will cater to all ages groups.

“It will have a multi-cuisine restaurant, state of the art amusement park, swimming pool, coffee shops, library and hi-tech parking facilities,” he said.

Besides the top officers of Army and civil administration, the function was attended by various ministers of the state, MLAs, MLCs, DivCom Kashmir and other dignitaries.

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